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9-12 & Ungraded
Dover, PA
Students enrolled: 1,020

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46 West Canal St
Dover, PA 17315

(717) 292-8066
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 09, 2015
Except for the english department, the teachers give no effort and the students follow suit. There's no energy, and apathy just takes over.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Agree
June 09, 2015
These come not from the work, but for getting out of the grasp of the school.

- submitted by a student
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 09, 2015
Most of the students are grotesquely disrespectful to everything they see, and the apathy that drools from the collective mouth of the administration soaks everybody who isn't malicious.

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 09, 2015
Most teachers (except for the english department) are extremely apathetic, and this is what students pick up in order to survive. compassion and caring are also emotions that are very hard to find in the building.

- submitted by a student
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 09, 2015
There is no fairness delivered by the hands of the administration, and it trickles down to all of us. The discipline is hollow, and the students who are obnoxious and absolutely terrible aren't corrected.

- submitted by a student

June 09, 2015
I have been a student of this school for three years and it is absolutely baffling. The system in place to teach students removes any sort of connection to the teacher, exceptions only made when the teacher knows that to be human and to not act like a robot makes the experience worthwhile for all parties involved. This is heightened by the fact that, in a class with terrible students, any student who strives to learn and get good grades has to fight an uphill war. None of the staff members actually try to maintain the classroom, many teachers even laughing along with the students and wasting everybody's time. This has happened with at least one class every semester for the last three years. When the student who tries to learn like this gives up, they're the ones who get reprimanded by both teacher and the administration, while the root of the problem is untouched (the English department, though, is the exception, as well as some other teachers). Couple this with the unbearable stupidity of the administration's decisions (changing the set up of class structure every year, for example) and it's a sum of a school that is just intolerable.

- submitted by a student

February 13, 2014
I had 3 students that attended Dover Area HS. The school is great. The teachers along with the Principal and Vice Principal really make an effort to connect with the students, parent and community. Relocating to MI and my kids now attend another highs chool has made me appreciate all of the hard work that is done by the Dover SD.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2011
n October 2004 Dover Area School District changed its biology teaching curriculum to require that intelligent design was to be presented as an alternative to evolution theory, with Of Pandas and People to be used as a reference book. The plaintiffs successfully argued that intelligent design is a form of creationism, and that the school board policy violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The ruling concluded that intelligent design is not science, and permanently barred the board from "maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID. "The eight Dover school board members who voted for the intelligent design requirement were all defeated in a November 8, 2005 election by challengers who opposed the teaching of intelligent design in a science class, and the school board president stated that the board did not intend to appeal the ruling.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2009
This school has a wonderful extracurricular program, but the academics are not all that good. Some of the teachers I have had do not know anything about their subject. The social environment is okay as long as you are invisible and let the popular kids rule.

- submitted by a student

December 17, 2008
This school is an bad school with an bad way of doing things . I am an student now at Dover and the school has no money and nothing to help you with your career !

- submitted by a student

May 05, 2008
I graduated from this school last year and it had a great program, and the teachers are great. I didn't have any problems, and they taught me alot, and got me to graduation sucessfully.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
February 29, 2008
i love this school.I just hated the freakin kids,i mean they are eithe stoners or posers..the only real ppl there were the ones that did go fake baking all the time..

- submitted by a student

January 09, 2008
Activities are not right after school, and the kids must return around dinner time for some practices. Some bus rides are to long, about 50 minutes, to get to school.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2007
Umm, Dover... It isn't a horrible school, very small which can be both good and bad. But lately there has been a lot of unneeded rules and enforce them to a level that is uncalled for. The food is gross, I havn't eaten lunch here for 2 years, and a lot of the rooms are getting old. They seem to not care that the art rooms don't get sufficent supplies and only care about getting top scores on the PSSA's... I don't think that it is right to make some teachers wheel a cart around during the day because we can't afford to get them their own rooms...=[ Not an amazingg school, but not the worst I guess. We do get good test grades and the education isn't horrible. Mostly comfortable environment...But I guess I like it.

- submitted by a student

June 08, 2007
I have 3 kids that have attended Dover and all three have gone on to college..While i believe most of the teachers are excellent, the administration and the principles over the last few years have been horrible!! They seem to impose rules just to let the students know they are in charge, no matter how poorly thought out they might be. They finally got driver which they badly needed.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2006
The academic achievements of DHS are astounding. We have very dedicated teachers who push the students to reach their full potential, which is way above the state requirements. Our honors program is well-geared towards suiting students for future collegiate education. The music program is top-notch, with both band and choir receiving prestigious awards at the national level. Extra-cirricularly, all the bases are covered, from the regulars like football, baseball, volleyball to theater plays and musicals, to volunteer clubs and student organizations. Parent involvement is growing, with the addition of a PTO several years ago. As a student who received a full-tuition scholarship to college, I can honestly say that DHS prepared me for post-secondary education. The teachers showed concern and desire to see me and my peers succeed. Also, as one who researched NCLB, we are congruent with all requirements set forth in state/national legislation. Dover High School-- definitely A+!

- submitted by a student

October 14, 2005
As a former student of Dover High School, I have to say that I was disappointed in the level of education I received. I was not challenged and due to limited curriculum I was unable to take classes that interested me. I felt very unprepared for college. I also feel the extracurricular activities are extrememly limiting.

- submitted by a student

September 14, 2005
Dover school district falls short on protecting our students best interest both academically, emotionally and physically. It seems to be more important to keep the cost of educating our students as low as possible! They don't seem to care that these students deserve better then what Dover is willing to supply. They are not just our children, they are American's children. It is a true shame that Dover does not put our children's education and well being at the top of their priority list!

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2004
dover area high school is a dump...i hate dover area high school...the only good part about dover area high school is their marching band. if i were you i would NEVER send my child to dover area high school, because they might get espesthus poisoning and die. this school is falling down and there are rats everywhere...now the condition of the school is improving but it is still a dump.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2004
As the parent of 3 students, the last of which graduated this year, I can honestly say this district offers the education that the individual student seeks out. If you are looking [for] the district to manage your child's education you will be disappointed. If [you]act as a parent and guide your child they will receive a fine public education

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2004
I would not recoment dover area high school as a school of choice because, over the last 3 years there has been no extra help offered to students that are not performing up to state standards. All the students are taught at the same level, and as we all know all students are not capable of learning at the same level. If your child does not meet special education needs this is not the school for you. It seems that there are alot of cources required and if your student can not meet the requirements it is on you and your child to remediate outside of school hours in order for your child to meet the requirements. Teachers need to learn to teach at different levels or the school needs to provide the right education for the students to meet the state standards.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2004
Dover Area High School has a bad rap of not being a very good school, but it is quite the opposite. There are many great teachers and programs offered here. Expecially the Judo programs that Mr. Carl Addams has been teaching for close to ten years. It is a great class for your teens to take because it shows them how to protect themselves. I would recommend Dover High School 100% because they are dedicated to helping your childrens to succeed!

- submitted by a student
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Dover Area High School
46 West Canal St, Dover, PA  17315
(717) 292-8066
Last modified Dover Area High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dover Area High School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top